Rumpke hosts Community Picnic at Medora Landfill

MEDORA – Rumpke Waste & Recycling welcomed more than 100 neighbors and community partners to the Medora Landfill for its annual picnic on Wednesday, September 14.

Guests enjoyed a fried fish dinner and several brought side dishes and desserts to share. The event also featured a few rounds of bingo as well as landfill and recycling center tours, where guests learned about the history of the site, daily operations, and future development plans.  

 Rumpke team members and guests enjoy a potluck dinner at Rumpke’s community picnic at the Medora Landfill on September 14, 2022. Photo provided.

“This tradition began in 1996 and continues to be a highlight year after year, providing the opportunity to gather with neighbors for good food and fellowship,” said Brad Marlow, Rumpke’s Medora Landfill manager. “After two years of drive-thru style picnics, it was great to be back in person to connect with the community and offer a first-hand look at the site and our operations.”

Sylvia England of Medora poses with landfill manager Brad Marlow after winning the Golden Fork Award for her sweet and sour kraut. Photo provided.

The picnic concluded with an awards presentation to recognize the best dishes of the evening. Rumpke gave the Golden Fork Award for the best side dish to Sylvia England for her sweet and sour kraut. Dessie Byarlay earned the Golden Spoon Award for her dessert, apple dumplings.

Dessie Byarlay of Medora took home the Golden Spoon Award for her apple dumplings at Rumpke’s Community Picnic on September 14, 2022. Pictured with landfill manager Brad Marlow. Photo provided

The Medora Landfill opened in 1971 and was purchased by Rumpke in 1983. Today the site provides environmentally sound disposal for the Southern Indiana and Kentuckiana region. The Medora Landfill is permitted to accept up to 2,000 tons of waste daily. Rumpke’s Medora Recycling Center, located near the landfill, processes approximately 700 tons of material each month. Recyclable material is collected from residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Some recyclables are transported directly to in-state manufacturers to create new products, while Rumpke transports the remaining items to its regional recycling facility in Cincinnati for processing.

For more information about Rumpke or to schedule a facility tour, please call 1-800-828-8171 or visit